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EU fines Google for past AdSense conduct

EU fines Google for past AdSense conduct

20 March 2019

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for anticompetitive clauses formerly in its AdSense contracts, while the company announced changes to its Android operating system to comply with a previous antitrust decision.

Cuatrecasas hires investigations head from enforcer

Cuatrecasas hires investigations head from enforcer

20 March 2019

The former director general for investigations at Portugal’s Competition Authority has joined Cuatrecasas in Lisbon, while firms in Brussels, Austria and India have also hired and promoted new partners.

Qantas says Cathay alliance will be pro-competitive after ACCC shows concern

Qantas says Cathay alliance will be pro-competitive after ACCC shows concern

20 March 2019

A proposed agreement allowing Cathay Pacific to offer codeshare services on select flights operated by Qantas to and from Hong Kong is “fundamentally pro-competitive”, the Australian airline has told a domestic air services regulator.

US House antitrust chair calls for action against Facebook

US House antitrust chair calls for action against Facebook

20 March 2019

The US Federal Trade Commission should immediately investigate Facebook for antitrust violations, Congressman David Cicilline has said, declaring that the agency has a “credibility crisis”.

Russian enforcer closes two cases against R-Pharm

Russian enforcer closes two cases against R-Pharm

20 March 2019

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has closed a cartel investigation into the drugmaker R-Pharm but found the company liable for unlawful coordination in a separate case.

Patent-holders seek more clarity from US agency

Patent-holders seek more clarity from US agency

19 March 2019

Ericsson, Nokia, Philips and Qualcomm are urging the US Patent and Trademark Office to adopt the new position of the US Department of Justice: that seeking injunctive relief against patent infringers does not violate antitrust law.

Sainsbury’s and Asda try to save deal

Sainsbury’s and Asda try to save deal

19 March 2019

Two of the UK’s largest supermarkets have promised £1 billion in consumer savings and a cap on fuel prices as they scramble to save their proposed merger – while slamming errors in the analysis by the country’s competition watchdog.

US concerns about Korean due process follow lobbying

US concerns about Korean due process follow lobbying

19 March 2019

The US agency responsible for coordinating the country’s trade policy has requested meetings with lawmakers and regulators in Korea regarding concerns about due process in competition enforcement.

French appeal court rejects predatory pricing claim

French appeal court rejects predatory pricing claim

19 March 2019

A dessert maker’s stand-alone abuse of dominance claim lacked evidence and relied solely on the result of a pending government investigation, a French appeal court has ruled.

Japanese enforcer reverses Qualcomm decision

Japanese enforcer reverses Qualcomm decision

19 March 2019

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has revoked a cease-and-desist order against US chipmaker Qualcomm, nearly a decade after it found that the company failed to comply with an obligation to license its patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.